Monthly Archives: April 2014

Preppy Boarder

Preppy Boarder

Greenwich Village
Washington Square Park

Your typical skateboarder in New York is pretty identifiable with their hipster, cool, downtown way of dressing. I was surprised to notice a preppy, almost waspy skateboarder with his plaid shirt jacket, sleek aviators, good watch, rugged boots and fitted jeans. I guess you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

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Color Block Jacket

Color Block Jacket

Hudson Square
Varick and Charlton St.

Color blocking is a nice way to break up the monotony of solid color apparel. The red and blue on this jacket is a nice compliment to each other. I also like that the hood is actually being worn and being utilized.

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Nike Socks

Nike Socks

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 29th St.

Black Nike socks pulled all the way up to the chins is all the rage in the city. I spot so many of them on guys that I could do a whole feature just on that. Truth be told, whenever I go for a run I do have the same socks and wear them constantly.

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Black Biker

Black Biker

SoHo
6th Ave. and Thompson St.

There are two occassions where an all black ensemble is very appropriate – the first being super formal in a tuxedo, the second being badass in some leather, jeans and riding a motorcycle. From the helmet, to the gloves, to the shades and the Ducati he is dipped in black but just to break things up a tad I love the red swoosh on the Nikes.

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Green Tee

Green Tee

SoHo
West Broadway and Grand St.

There are only so many ways you can change up a t-shirt, so I like it when it boils down to the subtle details to make it stand out just a bit. With this t-shirt, all it takes is the stripes on the pocket to give it a slight lift.

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Alex Kang

Alex Kang

NoHo
Broadway and Bleecker St.

I met Alex at a Club Monaco event where I asked him to pose for me since I liked his outfit so much. Turns out he’s got loads of style when I visited his Tumblr page http://kangalex.com where there are several great shots of him wearing some pretty nice threads and he even makes his own signature bracelet which he sells on his site. Spending an afternoon shopping with him throughout Soho and Nolita I could tell he had a good eye and good taste.I covet his wardrobe.

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Military Leather

Military Leather

Greenwich Village
6th Avenue and 9th St.

This is one of my favorite leather pieces of seen on the streets. What can I say? – I’m a sucker for the four pocket jacket.

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Navy Hooded Coat

Navy Hooded Coat

Hudson Square
Varick and Vandam St.

This type of hooded, 3/4 length coat was exactly the type I was looking for all this past fall and winter but could never find the right one. I did come close to finding one from the label Wings + Horns at Steven Alan but it was too long. But alas as the cold weather is waning, I’ll have to resume my hunt next year and I’ll have this pic as a reference.

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Detailed Polo

Detailed Polo

Lower East Side
Stanton and Ludlow St.

His polo shirt has subtle details that switch it up from your typical polo shirt. The placket of buttons is a bit longer, the hem is a bit higher, there are two flap pockets on the chest and overall it’s fitted. This is how polos were meant to look.

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Middle Ground

Hot & Cold

East Village
Bowery and 2nd St.

This time of year with the weather transitioning and being so precarious ,it can hard to know how to dress. You want to wear a jacket, but then you get hot or you just want to run out with a t-shirt on but then a breeze or chill sets in. I like this guy’s solution where he positions his jacket as worn but has it drape off his body. Inventive to say the least. I am fond of his slouchy grey henley shirt.

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Doppelganger

Doppelganger

Greenwich Village
5th Avenue and 11th St.

This fellow reminds me of the caucasian version of myself. I’m pretty much that height and body type,I wear my hair like his, like him, I sport aviators, his monochromatic style of dress is how I do it and without looking at the label I know I own that exact same scarf he’s wearing. I think we look good 🙂

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Grunge

Grunge

Upper East Side
68th and Lexington

Back in the early 90’s the term and style of grunge was all the rage. Like all fads, trends, styles and fashions it’s due for an updated comeback. Not that I have seen enough evidence to support a comeback but this guy’s outfit with the loose flannel plaid shirt, baggy shorts and mismatched socks certainly reflects the style.

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Burgundy Coat

Burgundy Coat

SoHo
Broome and Lafayette St.

I’ve actually seen this type of double breasted coat all over town all winter but only in shades of black, brown or navy. The monotony finally gets broken up with a rich wine hued burgundy shade that this guy wears with a matching tie and even the boots. Nice touch.

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Denim on Denim

Denim on Denim

Hudson Square
Houston and Varick St.

I’ve always felt that denim paired with denim was a little too much of a good thing, but I’ve learned to loosen up on that rule when I see that when you contrast the denim with different shades and weights, it actually looks great.

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Saturday Casual

Saturday Casual

West Village
Bedford and Leroy St.

I was drawn to Ohrun’s casual weekend outfit by virtue of the mix of color in his comfortable athletic wear. He gives a great example of how to be sporty without being slovenly.

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Neon Sweater

Neon Sweater

SoHo
Broome and Lafayette

I was inside the menswear store Odin in Soho perusing the racks of drool worthy clothes and labels and afterwards, when I stepped out I ran into this visitor from Australia who let me talk his picture after I complimented his waffle like, bright neon sweater. He even urged me to peek at the tag on the back of his sweater to read the label since he couldn’t remember where he got it offhand and lo and behold it was from the British brand Folk who were prominently displayed in Odin. I guess it was kismet.

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Gearing Up

Gearing Up

SoHo
6th Avenue and Spring St.

There’s always this specific time of year when spring is officially here, but the temperature only slightly upticks. For some people after a brutal winter, that small increase in warmth is a enough to throw on shorts, despite the lingering chill in the air. Such was the case this past weekend where I saw an onslaught of shorts on guys who were definitely pre-spring attired.

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Red Socks

Red Socks

Lower East Side
Stanton and Chrystie St.

Those sneakers he’s wearing with the heart face are by Play by Comme des Garcons, the cult Japanese label. I like how he matches the heart with a pair of red socks and rolls up his pants to give you all his ankle action.

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Noir

Noir

SoHo
Broome and Thompson St.

The heft and weight of all those black layers mixed with texture makes for a standout look. Those are also some cool leather pants.

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Club Monaco Men’s Spring Collection

Club Monaco Flagship
Flatiron District/ 160 Fifth Avenue

Last fall the Club Monaco flagship store in the Flatiron District unveiled a handsome and spectacular new store design after a complete renovation. I’ve been shopping at that location for years and expected a decent spruce up, but was instead blown away by how elegant the store was completely made over. This was not a new paint job and some new fixtures and I thought it very befitting since the line has gotten more refined and well designed over the last couple of seasons with head designer Aaron Levine in charge. They even added an attached outlet of Toby’s Estate Coffee and The Strand Bookstore which is a New York institution.

On a recent trip to the new digs a few weeks ago I was assisting some clients with some personal shopping and overhauling their wardrobe. After a long day of the usual suspects – Barney’s, Bergdorf’s, Bloomies et al., it was a relief to end the day at Club Monaco to fill in the rest of their wardrobe. It was at that particular outing that I had the good pleasure of meeting the Men’s store manager, Joshua Kokeny who invited me to check out the Spring ’14 line. I brought along part time model Craig May to wear just some of the vast array of the great spring threads they are offering this season and all looks were styled by Jonathan Chang, who is Joshua’s right hand. The clothes definitely put some stars in my eyes and pumped me up to begin dressing well for spring. Such is the magic of Club Monaco.

 

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Buttoned Up Polo

Buttoned Up Polo

Nolita
Prince and Mulberry St.

There’s something about buttoning a shirt all the way up that makes it look more “proper”. It’s a different kind of sexy as opposed to leaving a few unbuttoned.

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